Willie Brown, Ross Mirkarimi among speakers at Prop. 16 forum today 

Former Mayor Willie Brown and a PG&E senior vice president are among those who will speak this afternoon in San Francisco at a forum in support of Proposition 16.

The proposition, if passed in June, would force municipalities to secure the support of two-thirds of their voters before spending public funds opening up privately-owned electricity infrastructure to new power providers.

Such approaches to fostering competition in the power sector are possible under California’s community choice aggregation laws.

The forum is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. at the California Public Utilities Commission Auditorium, 505 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco. It will be broadcast live at www.californiaadmin.com/cgi-bin/cpuc.cgi.

An agenda for the forum was released Wednesday morning by the CPUC:

1 p.m.: Welcoming remarks

1:15 p.m.:
Background information about community choice aggregation laws presented by CPUC staff

1:45 p.m.: Panelists will speak in support of Prop. 16, including Willie Brown and PG&E Senior Vice President Nancy McFadden

2:15 p.m.: A five-person panel discussion about community choice aggregation and municipalization of power will include Theresa Mueller from the San Francisco Attorney’s Office

2:45 p.m.: Break

3 p.m.: Panelists will speak in opposition to Prop. 16, including former California Energy commissioner John Geesman and Agricultural Energy Consumers Association’s Dan Geis

3:30 p.m.: Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi and one other elected official are scheduled to speak

3:45 p.m.: The Greenlining Institute’s Colin Miller will discuss ratepayer interests

4 p.m.:
Address by The Utility Reform Network’s Mark Toney

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